Redlanders pick the big election issues

Environmental, planning and integrity issues have been selected as most likely to influence voting in the state election according to a poll of election issues by Redlands2030. A long list of issues was available to choose from. Respondents could select any number of issues from just one to all 28. The percentage number in the […]

Redland City Council’s state election wishlist

Candidates for the  25 November state election are being asked to commit to a long list of projects and community services on Redland City Council’s wishlist. The document Redland City priorities for the 2017 State election was approved at the Council’s general meeting yesterday. Straddie transition is top priority Redland City Council says its number […]

How do you solve a problem like Cr Gleeson?

Councillor Paul Gleeson has been reprimanded yet again for inappropriate conduct, by Mayor Karen Williams.

Repeated instances of inappropriate conduct by two term councillor Paul Gleeson raise questions about his character and how local councils deal with complaints about elected politicians. In July Cr Gleeson went uninvited to a resident’s home, verbally abused him and threatened to punch him in the head. This was the subject of news stories by […]

Labor policies conflict with Toondah project

The proposed Toondah Harbour residential development project, for 3,600 apartments on dredged Ramsar listed wetlands, conflicts with policies set out in the Labor Party’s current policy platform. Labor Party policies Labor’s 2017 policy platform was approved at the Party’s conference in July. Hundreds of policy statements are set out in a 127 page booklet. A […]

Which issues do Redlanders care about?

ABC ballot box

On 25 November Queensland will elect a new government after a 28 day election campaign featuring stunts, slogans and sound bites. Some parties will publish policies and make promises and some of them may intend to do what they say. But will the candidates competing for Redlands voters be dealing with the issues important to […]

Council pre-meetings concern the Ombudsman

The Queensland Ombudsman says local councils may be acting illegally by having closed door preliminary meetings to decide how councillors will vote at formal meetings. These concerns were expressed in the Ombudsman’s recent investigative report into the Cairns Regional Council. The Ombudsman found that it was the Cairns council’s practice to have a pre-meeting meeting […]

Mayor accuses Government of “pork barrelling”

Redlands residents comment about the Mayor’s Donald Simpson Centre funding claims, the Operation Belcarra report on local government corruption risk and disillusionment with political parties. If you have something to say to the Redlands community, send an email to: Mayor on Donald Simpson Centre funding On 6th October 2017, Karen Williams posted on the […]

World Heritage listing for Quandamooka country

Moreton Bay’s traditional owners, the Quandamooka People, believe the Bay region is of such outstanding universal natural and cultural value they want it listed as a World Heritage Site. What is World Heritage A World Heritage Site is a place listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) because it has special cultural or physical […]

Submissions about councillor complaints laws

What do you do if you think a mayor or local councillor has acted corruptly, inappropriately or not complied with required rules such as declaring conflicts of interest? Queensland Parliament is considering laws which would change the process of handling complaints about councillors and mayors. You can have your say by making a submission to […]

Fire, water and RIC on Council meeting agenda

A three month progress report on improving fire management practices will be considered by Redland City Council at its general meeting on Wednesday 18 October. Fire management In July the Council received a scathing report from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services which contained 56 recommendations grouped into the following themes: Illegal dumping and hoarding Low […]

Have your say on local government reforms

Operation Belcarra recommendations

Over the next few days Queenslanders can have their say about new laws to ban political donations from property developers and better regulate how  local councillors deal with conflicts of interest. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced legislation to Parliament on 12 October. The proposed new laws are in response to recommendations from the Crime and Corruption […]

Another crash on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road

Accident on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road 8:10 am on 10 October 2017

Yet another crash on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road at the Giles Road intersection happened earlier this week, three cars involved and one person taken to Redland Bay hospital. In February there was a fatal accident at this spot. In June a person was injured here in a two vehicle accident. Eleven years ago I was the […]

Why did Karen Williams get a $5,000 gift?

Mayor Karen Williams has urged the State Government to rush through laws to stamp out council/developer corruption, in line with Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) recommendations. But hasn’t she exploited the very loopholes and back doors the CCC is trying to close with its recommendations set out in the Operation Belcarra Report? Her donations register […]

Birdlife says reject Walker Group’s Toondah plan

Walker Group’s proposed Toondah Harbour development is clearly unacceptable and should be rejected said Birdlife Australia in its EPBC submission to the Federal Government. Points raised by Birdlife Australia include: The project would encroach on 43 hectares of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site which is not permitted under the Ramsar Convention where the project is […]